Georges St-Pierre dominated challenger Josh Koscheck and retained the UFC welterweight title with a unanimous decision in the UFC 124 main event on Saturday at the Bell Centre in his native Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
St-Pierre relied on a strong jab early to close Koscheck’s eye in the opening round and didn’t let up, battering his rival TUF 12 coach with punches and leg kicks over the 25-minute fight while mixing in a few takedowns and avoiding serious damage to cruise to a shutout decision.
GSP improves to 21-2 with his eighth-straight win, while Koscheck falls to 15-5 after seeing his three-fight win streak snapped.
Heavyweight Stefan Struve scored a first-round TKO of Sean McCorkle in UFC 124’s co-main event, surviving an early kimura before reversing into full mount and raining down punches to earn the opening round stoppage.
In other action on UFC 124’s pay-per-view main card, Jim Miller submitted up-and-comer Charles Oliveira in the opening round to move closer to a lightweight title shot, Mac Danzig stayed alive with a first-round knockout of Joe Stevenson, and Thiago Alves returned to form with a dominant decision over John Howard.
The complete results for UFC 124 were:
- Champ Georges St-Pierre def. Josh Koscheck via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
UFC Welterweight Championship
- Stefan Struve def. Sean McCorkle via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 3:55
- Jim Miller def. Charles Oliveira via submission (kneebar) – Round 1, 1:59
- Mac Danzig def. Joe Stevenson via KO (punch) – Round 1, 1:54
- Thiago Alves def. John Howard via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Dan Miller def. Joe Doerksen via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Mark Bocek def. Dustin Hazelett via submission (triangle choke) – Round 1, 2:33
- Rafael Natal vs. Jesse Bongfeldt – majority draw (28-28, 28-28, 29-28 Natal)
- Sean Pierson def. Matt Riddle via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Ricardo Almeida def. TJ Grant via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- John Makdessi def. Pat Audinwood via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Pictured: Georges St-Pierre